As a photographer, I had an interesting time hanging with the Quest game and taking pictures. I learned some stuff.
First off, the woman in black is Wendy. My God My God, what a fantastic face to photograph. She, like so many others, "claimed" that she doesn't photograph well. *Sigh* I hate Hollywood and fashion magazine. They have so many beautful women convinced that they aren't drop dead gorgeous. It's my job, as a photographer, to prove them wrong. It' such the win-win situation. I get to photograph beautiful women, and they get beautiful photographs of themselves.
I learned that if you follow the PC's in such a game, you get lots of talking heads. Great for portraits!!! Unfortunately, you tend to get battle scenes from behind, so you get great expressions from theh NPC's, but not the players.
I learned that if you follow the NPC's, you get lots of behind-the-scenes photos, easy access to battles, and you get to photograph the players face-on as they advance for the fight.
The fight photos are hard. The best place to be is in the middle of the action. The best way to screw up safe play is to be in the middle of the action. The best way to disturb the fight is to be in the middle. Still, the BEST fight photos were from being in the middle of the fight. I could take photos from the side, but I needed far more megapixels and even more speed. With time, I can learn to take those pics.
The light was challenging. The day was perfectly clear. The sun was intense. It was often impossible to not get a picture with burned out pixels or overly-dark darks. I really don't know what to do about that. Learn, I guess.
Many players were good with the photographs. Some were unhappy as I broke the mood or otherwise poked at some preference. I don't think there's a win there. Next time, I would dress more NPCish.
I would also create a character for night-time, when there's not much to photograph anyway. I wound up being a spare flashlight for the night-time tromps. I figure a porter or a lantern bearer would be handy. Safety, desireablilty to other groups, and my own light to take pictures with. It's a win-win-win.
I hope folks love the pictures. I conciously attempted to take as many portraits as possible. Many didn't work, as I have this damned unsteady hand and wound up with too man blurry pictures. Still, I hope that I got a good variety of folks.
The weekend went well.
Friday was a Korean BBQ, and we finally caught up with Dr. Who. The cat decided that being out for fifteen hours was a keen idea. He had us worried, but he walked up the path in time for breakfast.
We cleaned on Saturday. Had Colleen and Andy over for dinner. Things went well.
Sunday was a more of the GURPS game.
I have a fan making noise on my computer again. Grrr. I hate that. It's a weird grinding. It might be the video card again. (I only just got the thing working properly in 3D again. Grrr.)
Time to go parts shopping, I think, if it's the video card fan. Maybe it's just a WD40 day. Maybe its a different fan.
So far for the computer, I've:
- Bought a quiet case
- Replaced the power supply with a quieter one
- Replaced fans for quieter ones
- Replaced hard drives with quieter ones
Still not done, I guess. Maybe next next PC will be a Mac Mini. Those suckers are small and quiet. Drop Ubuntu onto it and go. Maybe run two virtual machines. Ahhh. When I get to have money again. Time to start squirreling away my lunch money.
Is it me, or are there no high profile, FX films coming out around Thanksgiving/Christmas?
Got a flu shot. Now I feel like ick. Ick!!!
Trick or treat. The car has been acting not-so-nice. A cylinder keeps misfiring. I checked it out. Last night's trick was a spark-plug wire coming undone! So, off to the auto-parts store on 3-cylinders (rumba rumb bang) to order new cables. This morning's "treat" was going to the store, them actually having the cables like they said, and said cables fixing the car's issues. Yay.
I finished up Dragon Quest last night. The end was a 30 minute cut-scene. Yowsa.